Dokebi is a European/Korean Gi company and one of the rare BJJ Gi manufacturers from Korea. I was contacted by the owners of Dokebi, and they sent me a gi to try out. I was really excited to try it out as it was the first gi that I would roll in that came was made in Korea. I was expecting quality. They sent me their white ‘Balance Gi’. It took about 5 days to arrive to Serbia where I live.
Here are the specs:
Single Weave 100% cotton
Embroidered patches on the top and pants
Heavy-duty cotton twill pants
Flat cord drawstring closure system
Made in South Korea, fully IBJJF legal
Weight for the A3: 1,95 kgs
Sizing and shrinking:
I’m 1m85, 86 kilos so I ordered the A3 size. When the gi arrived and I tried it on it was just a bit oversize so I washed it a couple of times at 60 degrees to make it fit my body. It shrank about 5%, to eventually perfectly fit. After about 4 weeks of training everyday in the gi, there wasn’t any further shrinking. The cut is slightly larger than most slim fitting gis, which is a nice change from what is on offer these days.
Material and durability:
The jacket is made from high quality cotton, and is very strong. You can tell that this gi is ideal for the roughness of everyday training.
The Heavy-duty cotton twill pants have reinforced knees, and will last a lifetime.
This gi is loaded with reinforcements at the key stress areas. There is a flat drawstring and two belt loops which is reminiscent of the too old-school gis.
The thing I like the most with this gi is the simple design. The metallic grey embroidery and Korean letters look really cool. It’s proof that less is more. It isn’t a ‘bling’ gi but still sticks out from other more common gis.
Feeling when rolling:
Training: I wore the kimono every day for a month. The gi is very comfortable to roll in. At 1,95 kilos for a A3, it’s a medium weight BJJ gi. It’s great for everyday rolling and for competition.
The “Balance” gi retails at around 129 euros which places it in the mid price range for gis. It is a great quality gi with durable pants and simple and classy design. Looking forward to see the new black gi from Dokebi.